EAST HANOVER, NJ- Mayor Joe Pannullo made it his first order of business at the East Hanover Town Council Meeting to proclaim March to be American Red Cross Month in East Hanover.

The Red Cross has been one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations since 1881. The organization operates on five critical area of care, to aide people affected by disasters, to support the members of our military and their families, to collect, process and distribute blood, to provide health and safety education training and to administer international relief and development. The Red Cross stands as one of the nation’s strongest symbols of volunteerism and generosity and helps countless individuals every year.

“In the Township of East Hanover, we have a long history of helping our neighbors in need,” read Township Clerk, Paula Massaro from the new proclamation. “American Red Cross Month is a special time to recognize and thank our heroes, the Red Cross volunteers and donors who give up their time and resources to help community members.”

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The Red Cross asserts that every two seconds someone in the United States is in need of blood. This comes out to nearly 36,000 units of red blood cells every day.  Utilizing more than 145,000 blood drives a year, this organization collects 40% of the nation’s blood supply and provides blood for patients in 2,600 hospitals across the country. The Red Cross provides an easy and impactful way to express volunteerism and the desire to help others.

“East Hanover has always been one of the most supportive communities that I work with,” said Christine Hodde of the American Red Cross. “I just want to thank you all. This is really the celebration of everyday heroes.”

Mayor Pannullo extended his thanks to the Red Cross for their time and effort and urged all citizens of East Hanover to support this benevolent organization.